Proud families with wide smiles filled the Comcast Center on Friday, May 21, 2004. As graduating seniors, MBA candidates, and PhD candidates walked onto the arena floor with heads held high and future expectations even higher, members of the audience stood anxiously in hopes of getting a quick glance of their loved ones. Commencement is certainly a time of excitement for new beginnings, lasting friendships, and cherished memories.
The Robert H. Smith School of Business doctoral program may not make headlines each month, but it does each May, marking the end of another rigorous academic cycle. By the end of August, the school will graduate nine students for the 2003-2004 academic year.
The Smith School's thought leaders, under the helm of Stephen Loeb, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Accounting and Business Ethics, just wrapped up their annual MBA experiential ethics course with a field trip to prison to meet inmates convicted of white-collar crimes.
On April 30, 2004, five select finance student teams participated in the first Joseph M. Wikler Finance Case Competition. The case program is sponsored by Joseph Wikler, who is a director of Oppenheimer Funds and a consultant for T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value Fund. He also serves as a director for a number of other private and non-profit organizations.
The Smith School community gathered on April 29, 2004, to honor exceptional undergraduate business students and professors at the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Awards Banquet, held at the University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center.